Australian actor and singer Johnny Ruffo died six years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
The 35-year-old made his first appearance as the character Chris Harrington on popular Australian soap Home And Away in 2013, two years after appearing in the final of The X Factor in Australia.
A statement on their official Instagram read: “It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Johnny today.
“Surrounded by his partner Tahnee and his family, Johnny left peacefully with the support of some incredible nurses and doctors.”
The statement described Ruffo as a “very talented, charming and sometimes cheeky guy.”
In August 2017, Ruffo announced that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and was beginning “aggressive treatment.”
“Johnny was very determined and had a strong will,” the statement continued.
“He fought until the end and fought as hard as he could.
“Such a beautiful soul with so much more to give.
“We all love you Johnny and will remember you for all the joy you brought to our lives. Be calm.”
Among those who mourned his death was Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown, a judge on the Australian show The Masked Singer.
“My heart broke,” he commented on Instagram, before adding: “I send you my deepest condolences.”
Masked Singer judge and comedian Dave Hughes wrote: “A (star emoji) has moved on to the next world. Good luck Johnny.”
Australian Idol host Ricki-Lee Coulter posted three broken heart emojis on the post, while Neighbors actress Bonnie Anderson also commented: “What a man! You always knew how to light up a room, Johnny!
“Sending a blow of love to all your loved ones! Absolutely heartbreaking.”
Ruffo rose to fame as a contestant on The X Factor in Australia, placing third in the competition.
She later appeared on the Australian version of Dancing With The Stars, which she won with her professional partner Luda Kroitor, before landing a role on Home And Away in 2013, where she stayed for three years.
After announcing her brain cancer diagnosis in 2017, Ruffo underwent surgery to remove the tumor and revealed she was in remission two years later.
In November 2020 she announced on Instagram that her cancer had returned, before confirming her condition was terminal two years later, and publishing her memoir No Finish Line that same month.